We had to add talent and change the offensive scheme. I don't see how anyone can dispute that. Stats don't lie.
I agree with all that. But Mac was not good for the last 5 to 7 games last year as well. I am not anti-Mac, but the stats do not lie. About game 10 or 12 last year, the opposing defenses changed and crowded the line taking away the short passing and running game. After that, Mac's efficiency went down. The Pats could not keep the same offensive approach coming into 2022.
It seems like posters believe if they admit the offensive philosophy had to change, they are endorsing Patricia. I am not sure why it is hard to juggle that 1. the offensive scheme had to change, and 2. since the Pats changed it, things have not gone well. We can not go back to the 2021 offensive approach AND have to have a different offensive approach than 2022's scheme.
Yea, a bunch of fans are being delusional and selective in their memory of the past.
It is clear that Bill decided to change the offensive schemes to incorporate more outside zone blocking and vertical passes to challenge what the defenses were doing against Mac. Where's the evidence?
1. Traded for Parker, a 50/50 deep ball threat.
2. Drafted Strange (ozb) and Thornton (go routes).
3. Drafted Strong (ozb) and Marcus (fast gadget O plays).
4. Eliminated FB.
5. Incorporated more OZB schemes, RPO, and vertical passes.
6. Mac was ALL IN on this approach. He said so. He likes the shotgun, so more shotgun. He likes the rpo, so more rpo. He likes to fling it, so more vertical passes.
Results: a f*cking disaster with Mac turning the ball over 6 times in 3 games and a 1-2 record. Mac's ratings: 87.2, 79.7, 62.1
After Mac comes back from his injury, Bill puts the choke collar back on and the TOs drop dramatically but so do the Yds per attempt. They wanted Mac to succeed. They tried to give him weapons and schemes HE likes. He failed. They no longer trust him. It is what it is.